US: General Mills plans to close two US plants

General Mills has set out plans to close two plants in the US as the food group, with sales under pressure, looks to reduce costs.

BRAZIL: Arla takes stake in dairy group Vigor

Arla Foods has acquired a stake in Brazilian dairy company Vigor Alimentos.

UK: Burton's Biscuit Co. "eyeing" United Biscuits merger

Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan-owned Burton's Biscuit Co. is reportedly eyeing a merger with UK snack peer United Biscuits.

Timeline: The latest on the battle over Chiquita's ownership

Chiquita Brands International, which had lined up a merger with fellow banana supplier Fyffes, has become the subject of interest from Brazilian firms Cutrale Group and Safra Group. just-food provides a live digest of the tussle for the company.

Japan and growth

An economic malaise and unhelpful demographic trends have seen Japan lose its lustre in recent years. This management briefing looks at how the country's food manufacturers are looking abroad but also how there is opportunity within the market.

ConAgra confident private-label will improve

After a challenging previous financial year, ConAgra Foods yesterday (18 September) reported on the first three months of its new fiscal per...

just-food's pick: Natural Products Expo top 10

just-food's picks of products at the Natural Products Expo East that tap into the hot trends in US grocery....

M&A Watch: Why Danone/Lifeway deal could be next

The over 25x EBITDA valuation in General Mills' recent acquisition of Annie's clears the path for Danone, a main rival in dairy, to pay top...

DATA: The just-food international basket - Q2 2014

In association with IRI, the just-food international basket shows the cost of a typical range of goods in eight markets every quarter. The d...

Shopper trends: Some confidence but promos popular

There is a sense across a number of markets that consumer confidence is improving and the latest data from the just-food international baske...

Focus: The impact of Heinz's stevia ketchup

In a move to win over the health-conscious, Heinz has launched a stevia-based variant of its flagship ketchup in the UK - which has half the...


Editor's viewpoint: US health food in play - but could be pricey 11 Sep 14

General Mills' move for Annie's has further fuelled the belief US natural and organic food companies, including Hain Celestial and WhiteWave Foods, could become takeover targets for mainstream groups searching for growth. But the price General Mills has agreed to pay for Annie's also underlines such deals would likely be expensive.


Comment: Kingsmill "youth" appeal bodes well for ABF 10 Sep 14

In the UK branded bakery space, Associated British Foods-owned Kingsmill has youth appeal. The brand, which is operated by ABF's bakery unit Allied Bakeries, over-indexes with consumers under the age of 35. As long as Kingsmill can maintain its relevance, this bodes well for its long-term health, Katy Askew suggests.


Innovative Flavors & Ingredients for Meat Products

WILD’s on staff culinary chefs provide insight and creativity – offering our customers inn...

What role do promotions have in frugal times?

just-food's latest webinar brings in executive vice president of the International Consulting G...

What lessons can we learn from the E. coli outbreak? Your questions answered.

The recent E. coli outbreak has again raised food safety as an ...


Arla: New Vigor deal to boost our Brazil presence

Hannah Abdulla | 19 Sep 14

Arla Foods' move to change its business relationship with Brazilian dairy group Vigor opens up access to 40,000 retailers in the country.


General Mills plans to close two US plants

Dean Best | 19 Sep 14

General Mills has set out plans to close two plants in the US as the food group, with sales under pressure, looks to reduce costs.


Jobs to go at United Biscuits UK site

Dean Best | 19 Sep 14

United Biscuits has said moves to restructure its plant in Manchester may lead to the loss of 157 jobs.

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Sustainability Watch: Deanna Bratter, WhiteWave Foods 17 Sep 14

Ben Cooper

WhiteWave Foods, the US-based organic and natural foods specialist, was spun off from dairy giant Dean Foods last year. Deanna Bratter, senior manager of corporate sustainability at WhiteWave, spoke with Ben Cooper about the company's approach to sustainability as an independent operation.


Interview: Miguel Bostock, CEO of US snacks group Wise Foods 15 Sep 14

Dean Best

US salty snacks group Wise Foods faces some stiff competition but under the ownership of Mexican Coke bottler Arca Continental it believes it can grow. With Arca eyeing rapid growth from its snacks businesses in the US and in South America, Wise Foods is looking to NPD - notably with Hispanic-inspired flavours - to drive sales. Dean Best discussed Wise Foods' strategy with CEO Miguel Bostock.


just the answer: Amul MD Dr K Rathnam on the group's growth agenda 2 Sep 14

Poorna Rodrigo

Indian dairy giant Amul is gearing up for growth. The company is preparing a push into the value-added nutraceuticals sector in India while, further afield, the co-operative intends to start manufacturing in Europe and Singapore by early 2016. Newly-appointed managing director Dr K Rathnam speaks to just-food about Amul's future.

Popularity a challenge and opportunity for US organic movement

Katy Askew | 19 Sep 14

Growing demand for organic foods in the US is propelling sales in the sector. Organic products are moving from their niche to gain mainstream traction. Penetration is high - more than 80% of families "sometimes" buy organic - and sales in the market reached a record US$35bn in 2013.


How ABF is fighting back on sugar

Dean Best | 17 Sep 14

The health story of 2014 has been the debate over the impact sugar has on obesity. The issue hit the headlines in January and has stayed there, with only yesterday a study published in the UK calling for consumption guidelines to be cut. Industry has faced a tide of criticism and is battling growing consumer concern. The owners of British Sugar is taking matters into its own hands.


Asda goes all in on gluten-free pledge

Hannah Abdulla | 16 Sep 14

With demand for gluten-free on the rise, retailers in a number of countries have been building ranges of products to capitalise on a significant growth spot in challenging trading conditions. In the UK, Asda has looked to steal a march on its rivals with a notable product pledge.

Dairy majors eye Brazil

European dairy companies Lactalis and Arla Foods announce investments, signalling growing interest in Brazil's dairy market.

Under-pressure General Mills moves for Annie's

The US food giant, facing stagnant US sales, has turned to M&A and struck a US$820m deal for local natural and organic food firm Annie's.

Change at the top at Danone

Franck Riboud is to step down from his role as CEO at the French food group, to be replaced by deputy Emmanuel Faber.

Fyffes merger on horizon but bid interest in Chiquita

Brazilian juice manufacturer Cutrale Group and investment firm Safra Group have bid for Chiquita Brands International, with the produce giant having already lined up a merger with Fyffes. How has Chiquita reacted?

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